Invitation: Clinical ethics mediation workshop in Melbourne

Published: Wednesday 2nd November 2016

“Healthcare practitioners sometimes wonder whether what they recommend really is what should be done, what is the best that can be done, for their patient in hospital. Families sometimes wonder whether they can adequately and clearly present the interests and values of the patient. They are concerned whether their beliefs and values, their wishes and priorities, about the person who is not only a member of their family but also a patient in a hospital, will influence decisions. Indeed, disagreements and even conflicts can arise over which decision, by whom, based on what facts and what understanding of those facts, will be best for the patient.”
– Dr Bernadette Tobin, Director, Plunkett Centre for Ethics

The Plunkett Centre for Ethics (a joint centre of ACU and St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney), with the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics, invites Melbourne-based academic staff, researchers and healthcare practitioners to attend:

Shaping Shared Solutions: A Workshop in Clinical Ethics Mediation

In this workshop, you will develop techniques, and clarify principles, to guide sound solutions in end of life care. Topics will include:

  • The concept of clinical ethics consultation
  • The techniques of mediation
  • Practice informed by ethical principle

This workshop will be delivered by:

Professor Nancy Dubler
Professor of Clinical Ethics, Department of Population Health, New York University
Full biography available on the website.


Dr Natasha Michael
Palliative Care Physician, Cabrini Hospital

Dr Bernadette Tobin
Director, Plunkett Centre for Ethics, Australian Catholic University

Workshop details

Date: Friday 18 November 2016
Time: 8am to 12.30pm (to be followed by lunch)
Venue: The Kelly Room, Catholic Theological College, 278 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne.
Registration: Essential by Monday 14 November as numbers are limited. Register via the website.

The first of the Shaping Shared Solutions workshops will be held at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, on Friday 11 November 2016.

Details as follows:

Time: 8.30am to 4pm
Venue: Douglas Miller Lecture Theatre, St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 (entry via Barcom Avenue)
Registration: Essential by Friday 4 November 2016 as numbers are limited. Register via the website.

Shaping Shared Solutions is part of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy’s new ACU Luminaries Series.